Pat Palumbo LEFT END drummer interview, rare track clip feature
There was no harder working band in the Mahoning Valley than Left End: The undisputed heavy-weight champions of Youngstown Rock-n- Roll. And there was never a more bombastic, high-energy power drummer than Pat Palombo. The man was an animal behind the kit. He assaulted his drums every night with wild abandon but controlled expertise. Definitely one of the finest drummers to ever hail from our neck of the woods. Although I never got to know Patsy personally, he had a great influence on my playing as I was and still am a huge Left End fan. Patsy’s awe-inspiring performances set the bar for any local hard rock drummer.
Pat was the consummate showman. He would jump up and stand on his set during his insane drum solos while playing drum synth triggers strapped to his knees! He also built his own crazy electronic drums, even sticking some trigger pads in a mannequin head with a hockey mask covering. Wild!
Thanks for all the great music and the inspiration you gave to so many drummers. Wish you were still playing today: we miss you!
Jimmy Jet Taylor
Patsy Palombo or Pat Palombo began his drumming career at the ripe age of three. He played for family members with his cousin Sandi in the Hot Shot Band. Pat played in his high school marching band, concert band and studied with the late great jazz drummer, Tom Paolone. He began playing professionally at fourteen with a group of high school seniors called the Dis-in-Habited. One year later, Pat was recruited by classmates and joined an upcoming teenage band…the Unruled that later became Cherry Paup. The group featured lead guitarist, Tom Figinsky, who would later join Pat in LEFT END. In 1970, Pat joined the Soulsations who evolved into LEFT END. Although he played with other groups and orchestras throughout his musical career, his heart was truly in the rowdy, rockin, kick-ass, in your face LEFT END. Just like his Italian heritage, every gathering with LEFT END was outrageously DRAMATIC!!!! - taken from www.LeftEndBand.com